The English Football League (EFL) offers many top players a chance to make the break into managerial work or coaching. In recent times, many young coaches have come up because of chairpersons of EFL teams, giving them a chance. In this post, we look at some of the most famous player-coaches to rise from the EFL in recent times.
1. John Terry – Aston Villa
A former world-class defender when playing with Chelsea and England, John Terry made the shocking decision to end his career at Aston Villa. Many thought the Chelsea legend would retire at Stamford Bridge, but that was never the case. John Terry now serves as a coach under Dean Smith. This promotion came after a season as a player, another as a player-coach, and now as a coach. He helped the team to EPL promotion last season.
2. Scott Parker – Fulham
A former household name when you think of naming top English midfielders. Scott Parker ended his career at Fulham after playing for several teams in the English top-flight, including Chelsea. As his career drew to an end, Scott served as a player-coach under Claudio Ranieri. Later, when Ranieri lost the job as Fulham manager, Scott became the caretaker manager. He is currently Fulham’s manager.
3. Wayne Rooney – Derby County
You hear the name Wayne Rooney, and automatically Manchester United comes to mind. The reason for this is that the player won five EPL titles and a Champions League medal with the team. He is also the club’s all-time top scorer as well as England’s international top scorer. Wayne Rooney now serves as a player-coach for Derby County that plays in the EFL. Many are waiting to see if Wayne will replicate his prowess as a player when he finally moves into management in the near future.